|Dolls Gone Wilde|
But you can’t help staring at the doe-eyed redhead in the corner, trying to commune with the spiders (yeah, the party’s that boring…). She sighs, turns and pirouettes on her totally rockin’ peep-toe heels. And that was Miss Ellowyne Wilde. If you’re thinking this doll is quite unlike any you’ve seen before, that’s exactly what her creators at the Mullica Hill, NJ-based Wilde Imagination are hoping. “We wanted to bring something different to the doll world,” says Debra DeForte, the newly formed company’s marketing and sales director. The company also wanted a doll who is of the moment, and definitely in touch with the times. “Ellowyne was inspired by Japanese anime, the fashion illustrations of Ruben Toledo, Steve Madden shoe ads in which models had digitally enhanced heads and feet, and any number of other pop culture references,” DeForte explains .A promising provenance, indeed. And it never hurts if you’ve engaged one of the doll world’s brightest stars to design your first line.
During the sculpting process, Tonner kept reference materials around all the time—fashion design illustrations, romantic references, looks from movies and magazines, with a little current Goth—to keep himself on the right track. “But the more I developed the woman she was becoming,” he says, “the more her looks designed themselves. She more or less directed her own look.”
As Ellowyne began to emerge, Tonner found his own personality giving way to his “inner Ellowyne.” “When I sculpt a doll, I try to ‘feel’ the mood,” he tells us. “Ellowyne was slouching the whole time I sculpted her—and her hands, for example, became especially expressive. This doll, more than any other, truly has a personality, and it made her very interesting for me to create.”
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Besides, when you look that good, how bad can perpetual boredom and endless sighing possibly be?
The 2015 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industry’s Choice winners (DAEs, also called the Diamond Awards) were announced at the International Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, N.C., June 6. The Industry's Choice winners will go on to become the nominee's in the Public's Choice voting, set to begin in late June.
Without further ado, here are the winners of this year's Industry's Choice Diamond Awards!
The Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon one recipient per year. This award was created in 2002 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the teddy bear, with the first recipient being Steiff, a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and prices.
The Lifetime Achievement recipient must be or have been involved in some aspect of the doll and/or teddy bear field for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may be an individual, partnership, corporation, company, author, artist, marketer, historian or any other industry professional. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations may be made by previous recipients or members of the LAA committee.
To qualify as a nominee, entrants must meet the following criteria:
The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2010 Helen Kish
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
2015 Kaye Wiggs
August 8, 2014 - Blackall Associates Inc. is proud to announce the winner of its Summer Heat Photo Contest. The contest drew entries from around the world. Masterpiece Doll collectors sent in a special photo showing how their Masterpiece Dolls were enjoying the summer heat.
You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.
19 April 2014 – 5 October 2014
A special exhibition will take place at the Toy Worlds Museum Basle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Swiss diplomacy and friendship.